Failure to prepare is preparing to fail. I’m not sure who said that famous quote but I distinctly remember it from one of my secondary school classrooms. The teacher always used to warn us before a major exam and I clearly never learnt my lesson.. Yesterday morning I failed my theory test. To my defence, I only remembered I had a test at 7pm the night before and even then I was slack. I revised using one of the free iPhone apps which clearly didn’t cover all the questions that came up. Assuming my exam was at 9:30am, I got up at 7 to do some last minute cramming. However – needed to check up the location of the test centre to find out my test is at 8:30am. Screwed. More on the reverse.
Obviously I failed. By 9 marks…I passed the hazard perception test but totally cocked up the multiple choice. Ah well, next time I’ll prepare in advance. Bad start to the day, eh? 2:32pm, I’m at work and get two texts simultaneously – one from my other half, the other from Yang but both told me to check Blackboard ‘Results are out’. My knees suddenly weakened, palms sweaty and heart beat elevated to an almost cardiac arrest level. I couldn’t even navigate to Blackboard at first, took me a few minutes to get my brown ass together before clicking on BACASYear3Results.pdf. *Swiftly scrolls down .pdf in search of student ID* I locate it and look across to see a 2.1. *Lil Jon voice* ‘Whaaaaaat?!? This can’t be right, I passed??! And a 2.1?!’ Huge sigh of relief. I did it. 3 years of essays, energy drinks, blood, sweat & tears later…I actually graduated. I was near tears for the next 30 minutes at work, had to pinch myself to prevent a Chris Brown at BET Awards moment.
I still can’t quite believe it. I expected to pass but not with anything higher than 3rd due to my last minute flex. I never learn but someone up there was clearly looking out for me. One that is mandatory…I owe it all to God, I give him all the glory.
Thank you Ryan Leslie for that line
Like I said to Brady on Twitter…we can finally focus on our jobs/careers without worrying about what university grade we’ll get. This is just the beginning. Real education starts now!